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If you don't know why Apple's diverse emoji are big deal, there's a study for that.

More than 8.6 trillion text messages are sent each year all around the world.

If you don't know why Apple's diverse emoji are big deal, there's a study for that.

Seriously. 8.6 TRILLION text messages annually.

A ton of those are sent by Apple phones — the company has sold over 500 million iPhones since launching the product in 2007. It's safe to say that a huge percentage of the people who sent those messages do not look like this:


So pretty much everyone with an iPhone who doesn't look like that is pumped because Apple has officially jumped on the emoji diversity train.

Here's how you do it.


Why does this matter? DNews explains:

More representation = more empathy. More empathy = less racism.

Unfortunately, until everybody updates their iPhones, these diverse emoji may appear as little "aliens" — which is some icky symbolism.


If your phone is made by another manufacturer, tweet to Google and Microsoft and tell them you want racially diverse emoji too.

Need a mood boost to help you sail through the weekend? Here are 10 moments that brought joy to our hearts and a smile to our faces this week. Enjoy!

1. How much does this sweet little boy adore his baby sister? So darn much.

Oh, to be loved with this much enthusiasm! The sheer adoration on his face. What a lucky little sister.

2. Teens raise thousands for their senior trip, then donate it to their community instead.

When it came time for Islesboro Central School's Class of 2021 to pick the destination for their senior class trip, the students began eyeing a trip to Greece or maybe even South Korea. But in the end, they decided to donate $5,000 they'd raised for the trip to help out their community members struggling in the wake of the pandemic instead.

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